I’m all for protecting the kids from seeing things they really shouldn’t be seeing, so I understand and agree with certain things not being shown on public television. But I also recognize that sometimes NOT getting shown on TV can actually be a huge benefit!
First of all, when marketers are free from the normal constraints of advertising sometimes they can come up with really “attractive” ads. And the ten banned commercials below are great examples of advertisements which obviously received excellent Return On Investment based on the sheer number of online views each one received. Indeed, these are the most popular of all banned commercials.
I don’t know about you, but I’d be happy to have one of my ads viewed as many times as the worst performing on this list…
9.5 million views for this one. Is it because the hot chick is in nothing but a bra? :-)
Oh, this is bad… And it’s got 10 Million views to prove it!
The Durex Commercial
Nice! For 100 Million reasons… 10 million views
Bill Clinton Voodoo Doll
Wow! This one is just kind of in bad taste if you ask me. 7.7 millions views.
Banned Super Bowl 2007 Bud commercial
A Guy and Girl skinny dipping in a pool. What could go wrong? 20 million views!
The Gay Adam and Eve
Hmmm. Nearly 8 million views, and I think this one sucked.
Levis and the Blind
This Levis commercial was banned in the UK. Hard to believe. But 25 million views!
Four in One!
Ok. This is kind of cheating. It’s 4 commercials. But it’s been viewed 17 million times!
Over 18 million views. Wow. That is some awesome ROI on a banned commercial.
Well, that’s it! You got any other good ones?